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Without Love, All is in Vain

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Loving God, ourselves, and others is the vital ingredient that keeps us feeling alive and pushing forward in our walk of faith. It is the power of God’s loving Spirit within us that makes our words, faith and actions meaningful and not in vain. The Bible tells us we can say wonderful things, do wonderful things, and even have faith, but done without learning to love- it amounts to nothing lasting. In other words God is concerned about our hearts’ motivation, and He desires pure love to be the motive that keeps us stepping forward in the Kingdom of Light. We all understand we cannot love this powerful and pure way without humility and God’s grace. Our human love runs out pretty quick! Human love is imperfect because it loves only the lovely, strong, and agreeable. On the contrary, God’s unconditional love is steadfast towards the unlovely, weak, and disagreeable. Jesus’ powerful love is able to overcome hate, and is available for us to draw from as we look to Him for help. We are not going to get it right all the time, but as we learn to release our unloving thoughts and emotions to Jesus, room will open up in our hearts for the Holy Spirit to fill us with the beauty, gentleness, and power of the Christ overcoming love.  Within a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, our motives will evolve and become more pure- giving us the power to become more stable in our faith and less doubleminded. Then we, through God’s grace and Holy Spirit living within us, will be able to offer this living gift of God’s pure, beautiful, powerful love to others in our world who are searching for a better way to live.

“If I were to speak with eloquence in earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn’t express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal. And if I were to have the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, but have never learned to love, then I am nothing. And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr, without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value. Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and fins no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” 1Corinthians 13:1-7 tPt




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